Publication: Salvage

I have a new short story out: “Salvage” is in Issue 98 of takahÄ“ magazine.

I’ve been playing with the elements that became this story for a few years now (the ship with the sewing machines is partially true), and finally worked out what I needed to do to bring it together. I’m delighted that takahÄ“ choose to publish it.

Eligible works 2019

It’s that time of year again. I had two original works published in 2019, and to the best of my knowledge they are both eligible for the Hugo/Nebula/Sir Julius Vogel awards.

From A Shadow Grave (Paper Road Press) is a novella of approximately 22 000 words. It’s most easily classified as fantasy – though it crossed a few genres.

Henrietta and the End of the Line” (Translunar Travelers Lounge) is a fantasy short story of approximately 4600 words.

Launch: From a Shadow Grave

I’m excited to be launching From a Shadow Grave at the end of the month. The launch will be held at Vic Books Pipitea, Wellington, on 31st October, at 5:30pm. If you’re in Wellington I’d love to see you there. It will be a joint launch with the Year’s Best Aotearoa New Zealand Science Fiction and Fantasy anthology, which I’m pleased to have a story in.

I was delighted to receive my author copies last week – they look gorgeous!

3 copies of From a Shadow Grave on a leopard print background. The cover depicts light at the end of a road tunnel

I’ve added some more details – including where to purchase, and content warnings – to the From a Shadow Grave page, and will continue to do so as we get closer to release day.

Publication: Henrietta and the End of the Line

My short story “Henrietta and the End of the Line” is in the very first issue of Translunar Travelers Lounge. It’s the story of a part-lizard girl who lives on a squid train, and what happens when something you’ve been running from finally catches up with you.

TTL is a new publication focused on fun SFF, and it was an honour to be in their very first issue. I love the range of stories that are included, and that they show a conception of fun that does not deny the existence of hardship or oppression, but shows how adventure, scheming, and sometimes outright slapstick can flourish despite, around, or against it.

Reprint Sale: Girls Who Do Not Drown

It’s reprint time! “Girls Who Do Not Drown”, originally published in Apex, will be included in Year’s Best Aotearoa New Zealand Science Fiction & Fantasy: Volume I.

I’m really excited to share space with some excellent writers – and some of my favourite people – and to be in a book with this wonderful cover art.

Year's Best Aotearoa New Zealand Science Fiction & Fantasy: Volume I cover depicting a magical steampunkish forest design.

Sale: Even the Clearest Water

I’m delighted to announce another short story sale: “Even the Clearest Water” to Fireside Magazine. Fireside was absolutely one of my target markets, and I was very happy to get an acceptance from them.

“Even the Clearest Water” is a story about water fae, autistic families, bargains, and love. You’ll be able to read it in April next year.

Coming soon: From a Shadow Grave

I’m excited to announce my upcoming novella release. From A Shadow Grave will be published this October by Paper Road Press.

From a Shadow Grave is inspired by the story of a true crime: the murder of seventeen-year-old Phyllis Symons, whose ghost is still said to haunt Wellington’s Mount Victoria tunnel. It’s the story of the lives and stories she should have had; stories of survival, adventure, recovery, love. Stories in which she is both rescued and rescuer. Stories of family and music and magic.

From crime fiction to urban fantasy, from Wellington to war-torn Europe, it’s a story I began writing with rage but ended up buoyed by the love and determination the characters developed – seemingly all on their own. I’m delighted Paper Road Press has picked up this weird creation of mine and am very much looking forward to launching it later this year.

Direct pre-orders are available from the Paper Road Press website; pre-orders from other retailers (including ebooks) will be up a little closer to the time.

Events: GeyserCon and Continuum

Tomorrow I’m heading off on a multi-city trip, including two conventions in two weekends: GeyserCon in Rotorua and Continuum in Melbourne.

Here’s where (other than the bar) to find me:

At GeyserCon I’ll be talking about socio-political themes in SFF on the Handmaids and Other Tales panel (Saturday 1 June, 2:00-3:00pm). I’ll also be at the Sir Julius Vogel Awards ceremony on Sunday night where my short story, “Girls Who Do Not Drown” is shortlisted.

At Continuum I’ll be on panels about Illness in SFF (Saturday 8th June, 10:00am), secondary world settings analogous to the 19th or 20th century (Sunday 9th June, 2:00pm) and post-capitalist societies (Sunday 9th June, 5:00pm).

Come and say hi! And if you’d like to arrange to meet up, Twitter is a good way to get hold of me. Look forward to seeing you there!

Sale: Henrietta and the End of the Line

It’s been a while since I sold a new short – I’ve been mostly focused on longer works this year – so I’m delighted to announce that “Henrietta and the End of the Line” will be published in Translunar Travelers Lounge, a new publication which explores the fun side of SFF.

The story is about a squid train, a lizard girl, and how we keep going when everything has changed. I look forward to sharing it with you.

Shortlisted: Girls Who Do Not Drown

I’m excited to announce that my short story, “Girls Who Do Not Drown” has made it onto the shortlist for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards. Many thanks to everyone who nominated me.